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F/Lt. R. W. Oxspring - 66 Squadron

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Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn in the December and started operational flying in July 1940, flying throughout the Battle of Britain. His Spitfire X4170 was shot down by Bf109s over Kent on 25th October, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge). He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Haffner of JG51 on 2 January 1943. Oxspring led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second bar to his DFC in February 1943. During the war Squadron Leader Oxspring had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 Flying Bombs destroys and 1 shared. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989.


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 Bobby Oxspring in his 66 Squadron Spitfire destroys an ME109 of JF/53 Ace of Spades Group, in a high level attack at 30,000 feet above Dover, 18th September 1940. Angels Three Zero by Robert TaylorClick For DetailsDHM2084
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)


Latest Allied Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 Spitfires of No.616 Squadron, September 1940.  The aircraft nearest is K4330 QJ-G, the mount of Johnnie Johnson.

The New Knights by David Pentland. (P)
 Hurricanes of No.605 Squadron, October 1940.  Aircraft pictured are P3308 UP-A of A A McKellar and N2471 of P Parrott.

Enemy Approaching by David Pentland. (P)
 On 14th June 1940, the first German jackboots were heard on the streets of Paris. Within days France signed an armistice and Hitler could now turn his avaricious eyes north and across the grey waters of the Channel. The island of Britain stood alone and, faced with the threat of imminent invasion, few gave her much chance of survival. Before the all-conquering Panzers could invade, Germany needed to gain air superiority and Goering boasted that his Luftwaffe 'would quickly sweep the RAF from the skies' – how wrong he would be. The Battle of Britain began on 10th July 1940 and for the next eight weeks most front-line squadrons were often flying four missions a day. Totally outnumbered by the Luftwaffe the RAF was close to breaking point by early September, with some units reduced to a handful of pilots and aircraft. Then on 7th September, an over-confident Goering made a fatal error. Believing the RAF destroyed, he changed tactics and the Luftwaffe began bombing civilian targets in London. It was the respite that Fighter Command needed and the tide of battle was turned. Against overwhelming and seemingly impossible odds, a replenished RAF repelled the Luftwaffe and by the end of October it was over. Richard Taylor's stunning painting depicts Mk1 Spitfires from 92 Squadron undertaking a defensive sweep along the Kent coastline against a dramatic backdrop of the white cliffs of Dover, at the height of the battle in September 1940.

Channel Sweep by Richard Taylor.
 A lone Spitfire Mk.1a of 19 Squadron at Duxford awaits its ground crew after a hard day of combat during the intense fighting of September 1940.

Duxford 1940 by Simon Atack.

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 2nd September
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2September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O A. T. Rose-Price of 501 Squadron, was Killed.
2September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O O. St. J. Pigg of 72 Squadron, was Killed.
2September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. A. DFC Woods-Scawen of 43 Squadron, was Killed.
2September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. C. L. D. Bailey of 46 Squadron, was Killed.
2September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. W. L. DFM Dymond of 111 Squadron, was Killed.
2September1940Feldwebel Erwin Leykauf of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Feldwebel Heinz Bär of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Feldwebel Herbert Schramm of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Feldwebel Rudolf Täschner of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Feldwebel Werner Stumpf of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Fuhrer Hans-Joachim Marseille of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Hauptmann Ernst Wiggers of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Hauptmann Wilhelm Knapp of 3. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 123 was awarded the Knight's Cross
2September1940Hauptmann Wolfgang Lippert of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Leutnant Eberhard Bock of JG 3 shot down a Morane
2September1940Leutnant Erich Meyer of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Leutnant Ernst Terry of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Leutnant Franz Essl of JG 52 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Leutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Behrens of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Leutnant Gerhard Sprenger of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Leutnant Günther Büsgen of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Leutnant Karl Götze of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 690 with 398 Hurricanes, 204 Spitfires, 60 Blenheims, amd 21 Defiants and 7 Gladiators
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Erich Kuhlmann of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Erich Rudorffer of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Georg Schott of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Heinrich Osswald of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Hermann Staege of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Max Bucholz of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Oskar Strack of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Siegfried Schnell of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Obergefreiter Karl-Heinz Boock of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Adolf Buhl of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Friedrich von Schlosheim of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Günther Scholz of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Helmut Bennemann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Herbert Kunze of JG 77 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Hortari Schmude of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Hortari Schmude of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Kurt Kirchner of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Otto Bertram of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Otto Bertram of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Richard Hausmann of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Herget of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Hobein of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Oberleutnant Wolfgang Ewald of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Royal Air Force lost 20 aircraft with 10 pilots killed or missing.
2September1940Spitfire K9799 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
2September1940Spitfire K9840 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
2September1940Spitfire K9938 Mk.Ia , SD-H, ZP-W, - Shot down by Me109. Crashed near Herne Bay. Sergeant Norfolk parachuted to safety.
2September1940Spitfire N3056 Mk.Ia , XT-B, - Shot down by Me109 near Maidstone. Sergeant Stokoe parachuted to safety but was injured.
2September1940Spitfire P9458 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 over Kent. Pilot Officer O st J Pigg killed.
2September1940Spitfire R6752 Mk.Ia - Wheels up landing at Hornchurch following combat. Pilot Officer Haig ok.
2September1940Spitfire R6769 Mk.Ia - Damaged in night landing accident.
2September1940Spitfire R6806 Mk.Ia , DW-N, - Damaged on operations.
2September1940Spitfire X4105 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
2September1940Spitfire X4181 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me110 near Gravesend. Flight Lieutenant Gillam parachuted to safety.
2September1940Spitfire X4241 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
2September1940Spitfire X4262 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 and abandoned near Marden.
2September1940Spitfire X4280 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
2September1940Unteroffizier Hommel of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Unteroffizier Arno Zimmermann of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Unteroffizier Erwin Fleig of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Unteroffizier Fritz Auerbach of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Unteroffizier Georg Mund of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Unteroffizier Johann Horst of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Unteroffizier Kurt Koch of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
2September1940Unteroffizier Otto Riedel of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Unteroffizier Rudolf Eiberg of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940Unteroffizier Rudolf Meixner of JG 77 shot down a Spitfire
2September1940the Luftwaffe lost 19 ME109, 5 ME110 , 2 HE111, 5 DO17 and 3 DO215, Flak also shot down 1 ME109 and 3 DO17, with a further probabaly 8
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 2nd September
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